Researchers in the African jungle find a young white woman living with a tribe, that adores her as goddess. They carry her off and proudly report to the press. It turns out that she may be Liane, the long lost daughter of the rich shipowner Amelongen. So Toren starts civilizing her and takes her to Germany, where she - now in love with Toren - has to defend herself against accusations of legacy-hunting. Will she fit into her new society?
January 15, 2014
Give that girl some sunscreen!
EDIT: A much sharper copy with in-sync audio is available here: https://archive.org/details/LianeJungleGoddessVideoAudioUpgrade
Sixteen-year-old Marion Michael as Liane possibly is the cutest jungle girl ever, and you get to see a whole lot of her in this dated movie. Though it's a West German film made in the mid-fifties and dubbed in the early sixties, it plays like a second-rate American romantic adventure from the mid-thirties. The plot is the standard cliche about a white child lost in Africa who grows up to be a gorgeous, blonde jungle girl. Silly to begin with, the silliness goes into overdrive when Liane is brought back to Germany. A vapid romantic subplot involving other characters adds a bit more absurdity. There is blatant, condescending paternalism shown towards black African characters, but it isn't much worst than in some similarly out-of-step American films of the period. The bottom line is 85 minutes of Marion Michael eye candy. Expect little else. FOOTNOTES: The streaming video version is unwatchable due to a badly out of sync audio track. Hopefully this doesn't apply to the downloads. Because of Marion Michael's semi-nudity in several scenes, this film never made it beyond the art and grindhouse circuits in the U.S..